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time is ticking down for two hostages captured by isis. a sunset deadline set for a prisoner swap. isis demanding the release of a prisoner in exchange for the hostages. good morning. a lot going on. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is thursday january 29th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. the clock is ticking down. terrorists threatening to kill japanese journalist kenji goto
and fighter pilot al kassaibah. the message from isis setting a new deadline for a deal. there are just hours left. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity of the audio recording. the jordan government is willing to make a prisoner swap. there may be hope for the hostages held by isis. let's bring in cnn's will ripley. what do we know about the status of the necessitygotiationsnegotiations? >>. >> reporter: when we were talking this time yesterday, isis set a new deadline. then in the hours that followed where there was no news the only hope we were told in japan was isis would somehow confirm kenji goto the japanese journalist and the jordanian
pilot, sajida al rishawi, is alive. if this voice on this new audio is kenji goto it says he is still alive and isis continues to use him and a tool to deliver their propaganda messages. this doesn't sound like this is encouraging news but for japan, in a sense, it is. it shows that goto somehow still has value to isis. in this new video, they are basically saying if this terrorist, sajida al rishawi, is not taken to the turkish border and exchanged for goto, if they don't swap me for her at the border then the pilot is going to be killed. notice this message did not specifically threaten goto's life. as we know with isis, it is
unpredict unpredictable. they are notorious for breaking the rules. this is unsettling for the pilot and his family and kenji goto's family and japan. >> volatile is the best word to describe it. will ripley thank you. new concerns about a surge of bomb threats against u.s. airlines. dozens of flights affecting thousands of passengers. u.s. officials say the spike in threats on social media started a couple weeks ago. they believe most of the 50 or so threats are copycats. in the end, none proves credible. cnn's rene marsh is at laguardia airport with more. >> reporter: it used to be that bomb threats were called in but now it is social media. a u.s. official is telling cnn it is becoming an every day occurrence. you see the uptick specifically this month after a bomb scare on
a flight from atlanta to raleigh on january 17th. following that incident we are told that there were more than 50 similar incidents. now the fbi is investigating all of these social media threats. they are tracing computer ip addresses to track down these culprits. we should note it is a federal crime. the punishment could meantime behind pars or a hefty fine. at this point what is causing the uptick? you talk to law enforcement officials and they are blaming the publicity. >> rene thanks. the secretary of homeland security says there is no credible threats against sunday's super bowl. he is confident the game will be safe and secure. jeh johnson says everyone entering the university of phoenix stadium will be scanned
and patted down. new england is getting a breather from the snow. it will not last long. more snow on the way. jennifer gray has the latest from boston. >> things are getting back to normal. slowly, but surely, most of the interstates and roads have been cleared. however, a lot of the second streets not completely clear. they called off school another day today. one of the other things is the snow piles around the city. some of them as tall as i am. they can't even see the kids waiting on the bus stop. they had to cancel school for another day. in fact temperatures will continue to be very cold here. today will be one of the warmer days we had in a five-day span with temperatures getting to the mid-30s. we will see temperatures bottom out again in the teens by the time we get to saturday. another storm system rolling through once again on friday into saturday. that's going to bring another
round of snow. models still not coming together. some models say we could get 1 to 2 inches and other models with 4 to 5 until sinches. look at all the snow behind me. we had more than 24 inches of snow. it almost made the top five snowstorms all time. it did make the january snowiest storm. it has been a mess across the city. of course they were prepared. things weren't as bad as they could have been. with school canceled again, the city is trying to get back up and running and more snow on the way. definitely not what people want to hear. john and christine. >> thank you, jennifer. cuban president raul castro with a list of demands must be met by the united states before the two countries can normalize ties. castro says the united states has to return the base at guantanamo bay and lift a
50-year trade embargo. he claims further attempts make no sense if those issues are not involved. many people think hundreds of millions of dollars the other way. day two of the senate confirmation hearing for loretta lynch. with lynch in the hot seat on wednesday, republicans aimed much of the fire at the outgoing attorney general eric holder. lynch defended the president's actions, but her legalizing marijuana comments. >> marijuana is still a federal crime. it is a crime to possess and distribute under federal law. it is the pollicy and the administration to continue enforcing the marijuana allows with respect to the money laundering aspect. where we see the evidence that
marijuana is noticed in cases in my own district brings with it organize crime, but violence. >> if confirmed, she would be the first black female attorney general. the keystone pipeline bill is expected to pass in the senate today. the move will end close to four weeks of debate on this legislation. if the measure does pass it will be squared with a version that cleared the house earlier this month. president obama has consistently threatened to veto the bill. president obama, vice president biden and the pennsylvania governor tom wolf will be the speakers in the house strategy in the retreat for the 2016 election. one democrat calls it the huddle before the big game. rebuilding the middle class will be a dominant theme. there was a no bidding war,
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after a hezbollah mess the attack kills several israeli soldiers on wednesday. this in a disputed area on the border with lebanon and israel. israel defense force fired back with targets shelled in lebanon. international correspondent nima has more from baghdad. >> reporter: there really is a sense of baited breath here christine. the defense force confirmed air strikes inside syria. they hold iran and syria responsible for the latest developments after the positions on mt. herman came under attack. as you said rightly defiant and on the streets of what could come. what could this become. for many people this really
conjures the spectrum of 2006 for the similar attacks that mushroomed in all out war in lebanon. the consensus is what is the political calculation for the prime minister? what is benjamin netanyahu thinking two weeks before the elections in israel? the hope is cooler heads will prevail. we already had the state department spokesperson speaking out and calling for restraint saying they respect israel's right to defend itself but in this instance that there will be restraint shown. >> nima thank you for that this morning. as the former nfl teams prepare to play in the super bowl aaron hernandez plans to go on trial. opening statements scheduled for today. hernandez is accused of killings odin lloyd. the 12-person jury and 6
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some stunning images putting the brutality of boko haram on full display. the terror group has photos on twitter apparently showing a military training camp for children. kids are seen holding ak-47s. it has the state department ramping up efforts of the indoctrination of children by terror groups. cnn's diana magnay has more for us. good morning, diana. >> reporter: hi john. these photos were posted on twitter handle which only came in to being last week. purports to be the official mouthpiece of boko haram.
these two photos as you say, show extremely young children holding ak-47s. intelligence sources say they have no reason to doubt the and authenticity. they have kidnapped hundreds of children over the last years of reign of terror in the northeast of nigeria. with that said we don't know if the children are some kidnapped hostages or whether they are the children of the boko haram sympathizers. this coincides also with a really ramped up level of video production. the fact this twitter handle has appeared and has been posting other videos. there were two posted yesterday. one was an interview with the official spokesman allegedly of boko haram. where you see both men with their faces blurred. discussing the takeover of bagr
and the reason why they decided to capture this strategic town and make it part of the islamic state in africa. i think it is important to mention this. the ramping up of the production video values coincides and seems to model what isis is doing in iraq and syria. the fear of course, is whether this is anything more than just an emulation or if it involves into another relationship. >> diana magnay the pictures tell a grim story. north korea may being trying to restart the nuclear bomb reactor. the facility has been shutdown for five months. the research institute at johns hopkins shows ramped up activity at the pyongyang plant. it is believed to have several nuclear bombs at that facility.
is not released. negotiations are underway but will government officials give in to the terrorists demands? live team coverage breaking down begins right now. >> welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. >> happening right now, the clock is ticking down for two hostages held by isis. terrorists are threatening to kill captured japanese journalist kenji goto and the pilot a lkassaibah if sajida al rishawi is not released. cnn cannot verify the authenticity of the recording. this morning, jordan's government is willing to make a prisoner swap. there could be hope for the hostages then being held by isis. i want to bring in cnn's will
ripley live in tokyo. will what's going on? >> reporter: very little public comment from the government here in tokyo or on the ground in jordan other than to say this a severe ongoing situation with discussions that continue at this hour. the japanese government listening to the latest isis propaganda video. if indeed the voice on the new message is kenji goto it let's them know that goto as of the time of the recording, was still alive and still being used by isis to convey their propaganda messages. this new message sets the stage for perhaps a very dramatic showdown whereas the hours tick now, five hours and counting until sunset on the turkish border kenji goto relaying the message if the jordanian government doesn't have sajida al rishawi, their prisoner whom
they held for a decade at the border by sunset with an exchange with kenji goto they say in the new message that the jordanian pilot will be executed. they changed their deadline as we have seen repeatedly over several days. isis certainly, if we can learn anything they are unpredictable and in this case they have not adhered to the deadline. the execution deadlines. at least as of what isis would like us to believe, these two hostages are still alive. keep in mind there has been no proof of life for the captured pilot which is a key condition to any sort of exchange. again, from the jordanian perspective, they need to get their citizen home. their fighter pilot home. isis even in the message, is not offering that. this is a very grave situation. if jordan does not bow to the demands of isis and does not
hand over al rishawi, what does that mean for this pilot and what does it mean for the hostage goto? the coming hours here as we continue to say could be critical and go either way right now. john. >> will ripley key points. shifting deadlines and lack of proof adds to the anxiety as there is some hope now for hostages. will thank you so much. in jordan officials say they are willing to release terrorist sajida al rishawi only in exchange for the pilot's freedom. they say they asked isis for proof of life evidence that this pilot is safe. jordan's foreign minister says kenji goto would be part of the prisoner exchange if that happens. the pilot is their priority. cnn's jomana karadsheh is following the story for us in am
amman. >> reporter: we are hearing from the jordanian government reaction from the recording possibly from isis. they are saying they are working to verify the authenticity of the recording. reiterating that their priority in this case is their pilot. there are a number of issues here. the release of the jordanian pilot has not been on the table. it is not something that we know isis has offered to do. at least publicly. we know the jordanians have been engaged in negotiations with isis over the last few weeks since his capture to try to get him released. at no point has isis made any of these demands public. what we have is the jordanian government offering something that isis is not asking. they are offering to release al rishawi, but only in exchange for their pilot.
as you mentioned, the jordanian foreign minister kenji goto is part of the negotiations. their priority is their pilot. the jordanian government under a lot of pressure here to try to secure the release of their young pilot. they say their main issue is they have not received a proof of life. something they say they have been asking for for weeks now. very very tense hours for jordan after the last week of tensions with everyone waiting to see how this uncertain situation is going to end. >> an uncertain situation. as we know, isis has been very unpredictable and brutal in the past. everyone is terrified to resolve this. jomana karadsheh, thank you. a new concern over bomb threats over airlines. dozens of flights affecting thousands of passengers. the spike in threats on social
media started a couple of weeks ago. most of the 50 threats they believe are copycats. cnn's rene marsh is at laguardia with the latest. >> reporter: christine and john it used to be bomb threats were called in but now delivered by social media. it also used to be a situation that happened only once in a while. a u.s. official is telling cnn it is becoming an every day occurrence. you are seeing an uptick specifically this month after a bomb scare on a flight from atlanta to raleigh on january 17th. following that incident we are told that there were more than 50 similar incidents. now the fbi is investigating all of these social media threats. they are tracing computer ip addresses to track down culprits. we should note this is a federal crime. this could meantime behind bars or a hefty fine. at this point, the question is
what's causing the uptick? you talk to law enforcement officials and they are blaming the publicity surrounding. christine and john. >> thanks rene. the secretary of homeland security says there are no specific threats against sunday's super bowl. he is confident the game will be safe and secure. jeh johnson says everyone entering the university of phoenix stadium on sunday will be scanned and patted down. new england is getting a breather from all of the snow but guess what? more is on the way. jennifer gray has the latest from boston. >> john and christine, things are getting back to normal slowly but surely. most of the interstates have been cleared and most of the main roads cleared as well. a lot of the second streets not completely clear. that is why they called off school another day today. one of the other things is the
snow piles around the city. they cannot see the kids waiting at the bus stop. they had to cancel school for another day. temperatures are going to continue to be very very cold here. in fact, today is going to be one of the warmer days we had in the five-day span with temperatures in the 30s. we will see temperatures bottom out again in the teens by the time we get to saturday. another storm system rolling through once again on friday into saturday. that's going to bring another round of snow. models still not coming together. some models say we could get 1 to 2 inches of snow. other models say we could get 4 to 5 inches. this could be another plowable event for boston. look at the snow behind me. we had more than 24 inches of snow. almost made that top five all-time snow storm for boston. it did make the number one january snowiest storm. it has been a mess across the city. of course they were prepared and things were not as bad as they could have been.
with school canceled today, that city is trying to get back up and running. more snow on the way. definitely not what people want to hear. john and christine. >> thank you for that. a cuban president raul castro with a list of demands he says must be met by the united states before the two countries can normalize ties. castro says the u.s. has to return the base at guantanamo bay, lift a 50-year trade embargo and pay hundreds of millions of dollars of damages to cuba. he claims further attempts would not make sense if those issues are not resolved first. state department has not commented on the remarks. >> in that say steep list. >> i think you would hear a lot of cuban-americans would say what about our property that was seized? so many of the families lost everything and had to start offer. >> you wonder if he listed these demands.
the keystone pipeline is expected to pass in the senate today. the move will end close to four weeks of debate on the legislation. if the measure does pass, it will be squared with a version that cleared the house earlier this month. president obama has consistently threatened to veto the bill in its current forms. president obama and vice president biden and governor tom wolfe will have a strategy session in philadelphia today. one democrat calls it the huddle before the big game. rebuilding the middle class, not surprising, that is the dominant theme. time for an early start on money. european and asian shares lower. stock futures are barely budging. the dow dropped almost 200 points. selloff escalated when the federal reserve says it is upbeat about the economy. that means an interest rate could happen soon.
watching facebook shares this morning. profits soared. the company grew advertising revenue by 50% last quarter. most of that came from mobile ads. facebook now has 1.4 billion monthly active users. that is up 13% from a year ago. one thing worrying investors, facebook costs are exploding as the company makes more investments. >> interesting to see. >> i know. tensions rising in the middle east this morning. israel fires back after a deadly attack on a couple of its vehicles. is a new war with hezbollah imminent? we are live with the latest this morning.
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happening this morning, israeli leaders are meeting to decide whether to escalate their response to a hezbollah missile attack that killed two israeli soldiers. seven israeli soldiers were wounded in the missile attack on the border with lebanon and israel. cnn's atika shubert is on the border right now with the latest. good morning, atika. >> reporter: good morning, john. in fact you can see lebanon over there. that is how close we are to the border. so far, it has been 24 hours since the incident and it has been quiet. there does not seem to be any
escalation. the israel defense minister told army radio in morning, they received a message from the u.n. peacekeeping unit in lebanon that hezbollah does not want to escalate this further. that seems to be good news. it really is still a wait and see mode. the military is on high alert in the area. a number of apcs on the road. we heard a drone in the sky monitoring the situation here. it seems that the initial flare up yesterday was really the worst we have seen in many years since 2006. since conflict broke out. but for now, it seems that temperatures are cooling. we have to wait and see once we hear from hezbollah. we are expecting hezbollah's leader to make a statement whether today or tomorrow.
once we get a sense of hezbollah's take we will know if this will escalate further. >> interesting to see what each side does. atika shubert on the border with lebanon and israel. as his former nfl team preparing to play in the super bowl aaron hernandez on trial for murder. opening statements scheduled today. hernandez is accused of killing semi pro football player odin lloyd. the 13 women and 5 men on the jury. head coach bill belichick and owner robert kraft are on the witness list. the supreme court has halted oklahoma of all executions until the court rules on a challengeing the drug. it is not clear if oklahoma will carry out executions without using the drug. breaking overnight. a near brawl at st. louis city hall.
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some stunning images put the brutality of boko haram on display. pictures on twitter showing a military training camp for children. look at this. kids holding ak-47s. the pictures have the state department ramping up efforts to curb the recruitment of children by terror groups. cnn's diana magnay covering the story for us. >> reporter: john these pictures appeared on a twitter
handle belonging to a group which calls itself the official mouthpiece of boko haram. it set up the account last week. the leader claiming to release the photographs of the children holding ak-47s. we know boko haram has in the last few years kidnapped hundreds of children boys and girls, whose fate is unknown. of course, the girls are the one we remember. there have been so many more. we don't know if the children in the photographs are the abducted children and forcibly recruited and forced to train. they could be the children of boko haram militants. you will remember earlier this month there was suicide bomb attack where a girl thought to be as young as 10 years old was strapped with explosives and detonated by boko haram
remotely. this seems in keeping with the way they have used young children in the past. it also coincides, this twitter account, with a ramping up of their media strategy and increase in production values they put into it. they released on thursday, the interview with the alleged spokesman with boko haram where he talks about why the group attacking bagr. that town was part of the islamic state in africa. i think we should be aware these new videos the production that has gone into them very much emulates what isis is doing in iraq and syria. you just have to hope that at the moment this is simply a matter of monitoring the mode of operation. >> diana magnay troubling images in nigeria. all right. 54 minutes past the hour. i have some good news for your
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the markets. crude oil is around $44 a barrel. that is disrupting a lot of businesses. the mcdonald's ceo is out. don thompson retiring after months of lousy sales. a 21% dropped in earnings. mcdonald's struggling to offer something millennials want. >> you kids are changing everything. >> they like fast casual chains like chipotle and panera. that stock is up 3% right now. doesn't it make you feel bad that somebody leaves and the stock goes up. the 401(k). retirement savings hitting record. fill fidelity. the average balance hitting $91,000. the stock market tripled since the low in 2009.
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